We have unsuccessfully tried to use the sizing information contained on the XML to make it working correctly within Resolve. I will present a real case scenario, and if someone has had any success using it before, or has any suggestion, it will be welcomed if it is shared with us.
I will try to elaborate just enough so you can understand the magnitude of having this function to work correctly. And yes, we have tried to work with BMD support, but apparently this is either to easy, or too hard, that they have not been in a situation before to try to troubleshoot this function with any previous user. So, here we go with the facts:
Now, the big question: is there any right or magical combination of settings that should be played within Resolve so we can take advantage of this feature during final transcoding of the footage? I mean, it it was added as a function to the software, there must be a way to make it to work.
- We completed the editing and grading of a 115 min feature shot on Red One - MX at 4.5K resolution.
- We followed the same workflow we have successfully established for all previous projects, and edited the film using the _M proxy (in FCP).
- As we all know, Resolve uses the original 4.5K R3Ds for the grading purposes, and scale it down to our projector and monitors resolution (1920X1080 in our case).
- Since it is about 115 mins in length, it has six reels.
- It will be theatrically released during last week of February/2012
- Due to the film's market, it will be printed in both, film and electronically (DCPs).
- We will be performing the transcoding as 2K DPX sequences per reel.
- Due to the fact stated in item #6, we will be obviously be generating the two "versions" needed: the one with the film stock emulation LUT burned in for the DCP, and another one without the fully calibrated stock emulation LUT for film printing.
- There is about 10% of the shots that have some type of re-framing, rotation, added movement, etc.
- Such information is contained on the XML, technically now we can use it during exporting by taking advantage of the software new feature that can use it to apply it to the shots it was used on, so the exported files will already have such corrections.
- Previously it was needed to export all the clips as shot, and during conforming, the changes made during editing needed to be "translated" into the new files. I call it "translate" since by virtue of using a different resolution during editing than the one of the final product, it cannot just be copied as an "Attribute". It does not have a 1:1 relationship, so some calculation or "eye-balling" was used.
Please, feel free to make any suggestion so we can confirm if we have tried it before without success. It will be greatly appreciated...!!! Remember, six reels, with dual conformance since it will be used for print in film and to generate DCPs. So, if it is usable, the conforming should be a breeze...